This is a great activity to keep little hands busy and is perfect for younger children or those developing their fine motor skills.
Take nine thick craft/lollipop sticks and a selection of coloured wool, cut into small pieces of around 30cm in length. Allow your child to choose any pieces of wool they like and, starting at the top, wrap the wool tightly round the craft stick, working down to the bottom (this is a great opportunity to reinforce positional vocabulary – top, bottom, up, down, front, back etc). The pieces can be secured by tucking in the ends. Use as much or as little wool per ‘candle’ as they like – each one will be unique.
Attach the candles to a strong piece of card or plain cardboard using PVA glue. Use pieces of coloured card, foam shapes or tissue paper to make the flames and, if they are able, encourage your child to place these themselves by feeling for the top of each ‘candle’ and orienting the shape into the correct position before gluing in place.
Some other quick suggestions for making Menorah candles:
- Pinchy pegs: decorate wooden clothes pegs, add flame shapes and attach each candle to a cardboard Menorah – great for developing that pinchy pincer grip!
- Crisp cotton wool: dip pieces of stretched cotton wool and cotton wool balls in poster paint. Once dry, they make brightly coloured, wonderfully tactile candles.
- Leftover LEGO: build candles from the base plate upwards, using whatever bricks and other surplus pieces you have in your LEGO box. If you don’t like what you make on your first go, just dismantle your candle and start again!
Remember that small parts can present a choking hazard and some children will need to be supervised when completing these activities.